The Enterprise Mobility business of Motorola announced the most robust 802.11n planning tools featuring predictive networking capabilities—Motorola’s 11n LANPlanner.
The new generation of WLAN technology – 11n – is widely considered as a key enabler for enterprises to transition from wired networking to an all-wireless enterprise. However, as enterprises start to deploy 11n technology in their network, they face several challenges not previously encountered with legacy standards. The new LANPlanner migration wizard provides predictive RF modeling for the AP-7131 and other 11n access points, which is essential for taking the guesswork out of WLAN design and development for enterprises deploying homogeneous or mixed 11n networks. In addition, customers deploying intrusion prevention systems will be able to predict sensor coverage for the AP-7131’s built-in sensor radio for secure 802.11n deployments.
LANPlanner is one of the industry’s most widely used and comprehensive predictive design and verification suites for enterprise wireless LANs (WLANs). A majority of enterprise WLAN planning tools require physical site surveys to develop a detailed performance map, which takes significantly more time and resources to complete.
Motorola’s approach allows network managers to plan the wireless network from their own office by importing the AutoCAD drawings of their building, answering a few questions and letting LANPlanner suite analyze and predict the performance. Once the 11n network is installed a network manager can then leverage LANPlanner’s site survey capabilities to measure network performance and detect issues that may impact the wireless user experience such as changes to the building environment or wireless access points (APs) that support more employees than originally planned.
Motorola has added new capabilities to LANPlanner, including an advanced network migration wizard that addresses the three most popular 11n deployment scenarios. The new building/new deployment scenario provides predicted performance based on installing 11n network in a clean slate environment. The “rip and replace” deployment scenario provides predicted performance based on replacing legacy APs with new 11n APs in an existing enterprise WLAN. The mixed deployment scenario provides predicted performance of mixed 11n and legacy networks in the same environment. This is the typical deployment scenario for enterprises that are rolling-out 11n in stages.